Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

June 17, 2005 12:59 ET

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada: Will MPs Bring Housing Solution to Co-op Housing Meeting?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 17, 2005) - Members of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada will be welcoming a record number of politicians to their annual meeting, June 18 in Edmonton's Shaw conference centre.

Deputy prime minister Anne McLellan, Minister of Labour and Housing Joe Fontana and NDP leader Jack Layton have all asked for time on the agenda. And, after waging a lengthy campaign for more affordable housing and a restoration of lost subsidy to existing co-ops, CHF Canada members are looking forward to their speeches with great interest.

By the federal government's own estimate, 1.7 million households are in core housing need. Housing co-ops have long been urging all levels of government to fund more affordable housing.

At the same time, more than 1,000 existing housing co-ops have seen their ability to house low-income members reduced through a program flaw that cuts their government subsidy.

"Housing co-ops want to help solve the housing crisis," said CHF Canada president Rene Daoust. "It's ironic that the very government program that is meant to house low-income Canadians is making it impossible to do that."

Fontana has promised to fix this problem but members are anxious to find out if the solution will be enough to help house more low-income households.

Layton, who recently brokered a deal with the federal government that added $1.6 billion for housing to the federal budget will also address delegates.

CHF Canada represents over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other members in every province and territory of Canada. More than 700 members are in Edmonton this week for the annual meeting.

Contact Information

  • Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
    Merrilee Robson
    National Communications Officer
    (604) 512-2696 (cell)